Your Views: What Parents Say

We regularly receive supportive comments from members of the public – parents, grandparents, carers, early years educators, policy makers and journalists. This section features a range of  quotes from all over the UK and further afield.

If you would like to contribute your views and experiences of family life please contact us at [email protected]   stating clearly that it is FOR THE MAHM WEBSITE. All quotes /stories will be anonymous and confidentiality assured. Send us your ideas on how family life could be better supported and motherhood more valued. MAHM reserves the right to edit down for length.

Whenever my boy needs me I am there. Always

One mum writes: ”Anytime my three year old boy needs me I am there. Always. Whether that’s for a reassuring hug; to wipe away his tears; to help fix his train track or to listen to what he has to say I am there for him, as his mother, his carer, his teacher and his […]

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To My Precious Children, from your ‘Stay at Home’ Mum

By Vanessa Olorenshaw 6th May 2015.  The day before the General Election. So far, I have avoided the personal in my writing – preferring to focus on the political. But the personal is political. The maternal is political. And so it is fitting to write this today. The day before the nation goes to the […]

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My reflections on being a mum to our first child and then the birth of a sibling

My reflections on being a mum Firstly combining motherhood with paid work and now having a break from paid work First child, first maternity leave Our daughter C was born unexpectedly at home with the last minute and hugely valued assistance of four paramedics.  That wasn’t in my birth plan, which fortunately had included keeping […]

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I had no idea what kind of parent I would be. I had planned to return to work

Before I had my daughter, I had no idea what kind of a parent I would be. I had planned to return to work. I just assumed that’s what you do. I thought I would put my baby in a cot and she would just sleep. I thought she would happily take a bottle and […]

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Making sacrifices to care for family

When a mother or father is at home looking after the family and managing on just one wage  ( often facing huge financial struggles in order to provide one-to-one care)  what right do some people have to dismiss this as a  ‘’privileged choice of the elite’’?  How dare they!   It particularly makes me cross as […]

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A worse deal for our family income than in the 60s and 70s. Hardly progress!

We are a one wage family (my husband’s wage) and I am a full time degree student which fits in with school terms and hours most of the time.   We made a commitment that we would bring up our children ourselves rather than hand over their care to strangers.   We suffer financially because of this.  […]

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I’ve been longing to know about an organisation like this

Hi, Firstly I’d just like to say, I’ve been longing to know about an organisation like this for 25 years, it’s just wonderful to even find another PERSON that has the values I do, let alone a group of people, so thank you!!! I would just like to ask a quick question, are there ANY […]

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Is it right that mothers who care for children are penalised?

A mum writes to MAHM: ”I wondered if MAHM is going to question the three main parties on their thoughts on stay at home mothers in the lead up to the election. For instance I would definitely base my voting decision on how each party treated this issue. So far we seem to have received […]

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Helen Fagan: What I wrote to the Conservative candidate in my area about family life

One mum writes to the prospective Conservative candidate in her constituency: filed March 15th 2015 How lovely it was to receive your campaign magazine today featuring yourself clutching your two beautiful children.  How ironic then that the Conservative party should so undervalue those that give their own children the best possible start in life by […]

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No rushing back from work for bedtime story: At home I can hug them throughout the day

Dear MAHM, Thank you for showing me that I am not alone in my view of bringing up my own children. And thank you for sticking up for me when my voice on its own cannot be heard. It was indeed my own mother that pointed me in the direction of MAHM after reading a […]

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